This morning – and I cannot count the number of times this has happened – I opened my journal and recorded the current events that precipitated the struggle. Then I wrote down the passages from the reading program I use, prayed Psalm 119:18 and started reading.
Job 36:13, was in the reading today. That started me on a journey. The way that works, normally, is the Lord brings passages to mind that support or extend the thought. It happened again this morning. The Lord took me to:
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
- Hebrews 12:10 – 11
- Ephesians 2:10
When we are in trouble, stress, difficult circumstances, we have to cry out to the Lord. He is in control, He brought those circumstances into our lives for a reason. The promise, the reality has at least two component upon which we can absolutely depend.
First, He will not take us through circumstances that are beyond our ability to endure (as I am writing this more passages are coming to mind, Romans 5:3 – 5 and James 1:2 - 4). Second, those circumstances, those difficulties have at least three purposes:
- To share His holiness.
- To produce the fruit of righteousness in our life.
- To equip us for the specific purpose He intends for our life.
It is to that I can confidently cling.